Honour? Or her heart's desire?
Two years ago, Felix Lord Durham believed that Hope, the vicar's beautiful daughter, had chosen to live in Germany as a governess rather than accept the marriage proposal he'd hinted at.
Why else would she have failed to appear for their final secret assignation? Why else would Felix be given snippets about her new life on the Continent from various sources?
Now the divine "Miss Hope" is in Felix's bed - a surprise gift from his friends designed to lift his spirits and sourced from London's most exclusive brothel, Madame Chambon's.
Despite feeling betrayed, Felix can't bear to lose her again, but Hope Merriweather is bound to her new life by a dark secret. Having sacrificed the man she loves once already, she must choose again: Honour or her heart's desire?
For readers who love second chance love stories with a happily-ever-after they didn't see coming!
Forsaking Hope is Book 2 in the Fair Cyprians of London Series but can be read as a standalone.
About the Author
Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. But, apparently, drowning her heroine on the last page was not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.
Since 2009, Beverley has published more than thirteen sizzling historical romances, filled with mystery and intrigue, mostly set in England during the Georgian, Regency and Victoria eras.
Beverley lives near Melbourne opposite a picturesque nineteenth-century insane asylum with the handsome Norwegian bush pilot she met in Botswana, their two beautiful daughters and a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback the size of a pony.
Beverley also writes more psychological historicals, and Colonial-Africa- set romantic adventures, as Beverley Eikli.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The vicar's oldest penniless daughter is disowned by step mother, drugged and raped by family friend, then sold by him to a brothel.
Short story 126 pages, but well done. Enjoyed it and will read more in this series but can be read as a stand alone.
Very gritty story, a view from the not-so-pretty side of this time period. Hope was a strong woman, trying to protect her sister from what Hope's life had become. Felix took a bit to warm up to as he was concerned mostly about appearances. Missed opportunities and second chances made this a good story, although I found the story ended a little more abrupt than expected. I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.